"I refugee from Guantanamo Bay / Dance around the border like I'm Cassius Clay (Pras)"
A classic track from a classic album, with props to The Greatest. The song is weighty, and honors the plight of refugees seeking asylumin the States. We all know Muhammad Ali himself was persecuted in the 60's, andthe lyric points to the tireless boxer's relentlessness as a comparison for thehard times refugees go through. The song is actually eerily relevant today.
"Paparaz' photo, myside bitch in Manolo / It's all about dough though, my knuckle game like Cotto."
Fiddy threatens to knock you out Miguel Cotto-style if you snap a picture of him and his piece wearing her Blahniks. Below the belt?
Pictured: Mortal Enemies Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto.
Canibus - Second Round K.O.
"Yo Canibus man, you moving like Mike Tyson Jr., man / You in-and-out and you're agile with your flow man."
Canibus rapping about how he eats MC's for breakfast to help him throw a couple punches. Mike Tyson gives Canibus career advice. By the end of the track, the referee calls Canibus the "new lyrical weight champion" and Iron Mike is giving him props about his agility. Spot the irony!
"Three bitches, three different flights, glad it was four sides at that Paul Williams fight / The Wynn,The Bellagio, the Palms, three nights / As long as they separated, they my three blind mice.”
Pusha T is one lucky guy. He got to watch the Paul Williams vs. Winky Wright bout in Vegas from every side of the ring, accompanied by three girls who had no idea the other two were there. Masterful playin'.
"Crucifix on my neck, I pray it never melt / Pacquiao purse, boy I took another belt"
Hey Rozay, we spot a pattern! A purse is a boxer's pay. Ross is referring to Pacquiao's numerous championship titles. In other words, Rick Ross is gettin' paid.
LL Cool J - "Mama Said Knock You Out" "Just like Muhummad Ali they called him Cassius / Watch me bash this beat like a skull / Cause you know I had beef wit / Why do you riff with me, the maniac psycho."
Not to be excluded from our list, LL Cool J ushered in this song in 1990. A classic and undoubtedly one of the most recognized boxing related songs ever. And by his appearance, over 20 years later, LL still looks like he could get it done.
Whether referencing boxing in their lyrics, or literally contemplating stepping into the ring (50 Cent, Cassidy, Drake vs Chris Brown?), lyrical ferocity and physical ferocity seem to be highly compatible. Here's a look at over a dozen rap songs, highlighting Hip Hop's love of boxing.